Makeda Thomas

Today I had the honor of taking a master class from Makeda Thomas, an international creator and performer.  The class was a modern fusion with an African influence, and was much needed towards the end of a hard semester. Dance is such a love/hate relationship, it’s sometimes easy to forget why we ever signed up…

NDA Nationals 2016

This past week I had the most amazing and intense experience of representing my school at NDA Nationals.  As a part of The Club Dance Team at Ohio State my team and I flew down to Daytona, Florida to compete in the Jazz Division 1A category.  For a team that had been together only two…

A Very Different Ballet

George Balanchine is known for taking a step away from classical ballet, thus Agon contrasts very sharply with the first performance we watched, Swan Lake. I also feel that the techniques in Balanchine’s Agon contrast with what we learn in class. Technique wise, I feel that in class we keep to strictly classical the majority…

Contemporary Midterm

For my midterm in my contemporary technique class, my amazing classmates and I were videotaped doing combinations choreographed by Ann Sofie Clemmensen. [https://osu.app.box.com/s/xxp7qh711p8wp19mc4ex0yp8o9j199aw/2/4997593405/40449705425/1] [https://osu.app.box.com/s/xxp7qh711p8wp19mc4ex0yp8o9j199aw/2/4997593405/40450348329/1] [https://osu.app.box.com/s/xxp7qh711p8wp19mc4ex0yp8o9j199aw/2/4997593405/40449062673/1] [https://osu.app.box.com/s/xxp7qh711p8wp19mc4ex0yp8o9j199aw/3/4997593405/40448783721/1]

Body Organization

Recently learning the “evil swing” combinations has illustrated just how much I have learned as far as alignment, breath, weight, and momentum. In the first few weeks of class we spent a lot of time focusing on the connection between our sits bones and heels. This is something I initially struggled with as I constantly…

Technique in Class Transfers to the Stage

While I recognized the music and several variations from Swan Lake, this was my first time seeing the performance all the way through. I was in awe of those perfect Russian ballerinas as they gracefully told the tragic love story of Odette and Prince Siegfried. However, I was surprised that these flawless technicians and beautiful…